For a very heated and intense match-up to tip-off the 2013 new year in hoop action, the Spring Hill Bears would fall short against the Dierks Outlaws 55-50 in their first meeting of 7-2A West Conference basketball play this past Friday night in Dierks.
The seventh grade boys started out the night's hoop action. The Jr. Bears battle hard but fell short to Dierks, 25-10. For the game, Jr. Bears' Kaleb Blair led scoring with eight points and Charlie Bobo had two points.
For senior high boys action, the Bears got off to a slow start in the opening quarter to trail the Outlaws 12-5. In the second quarter, the Bears performed better to post 14 points but Dierks out-scored them to put up 15 points on the scoreboard in the quarter.
At halftime, the Bears headed into the locker room with a eight point deficit to Dierks, 27-19.
In the second half, the Bears came out more aggressive and built momentum to own the third quarter and out-scoring Dierks 21-5.
At the end of the third, the Bears led the lead over the Outlaws 40-32 and headed to the final period of the night with a eight point advantage.In the fourth quarter, the Outlaws got help from their home crowd to out-score the Bears 14-10 as Dierks edged off Spring Hill for a five point win.
For the game, Bears' Boone Kidd posted another impressive 20 plus point game with 22 points in double-figures.
West Smith followed with 12 points and caught on fire from downtown to swish four trey's in the fourth quarter. Ryan Orr scored eight points, Brady Thrift and Carter Yocom both added four points apiece for the Bears.With the loss, the Bears fall to 4-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
Tonight, the Bears return to conference hoop action on the road taking on the Mineral Springs Hornets to wrap up their season series meeting. The Bears took the first game at home, but the Hornets look to split as Spring Hill hope for the sweep in tonight's nightcap battle at Saratoga High School Gymnasium. The seventh grade Bears will tip-off first at 5 p.m., followed by the ninth grade Jr. Bears game, as the senior high girls battle after junior high action in Saratoga.